energy education

Delaware Interfaith Power & Light (DeIPL) is partners with Energize Delaware to administer an energy audit, remediation and education program geared to faith communities throughout the state of Delaware. That program is titled "Faith Efficiencies".

The mandate of Energize Delaware is to foster a sustainable energy future for the state of Delaware; reducing energy costs, improving natural environments, and ensuring energy independence for generations to come.

The mission of DeIPL is to rally faith communities to address causes and impacts of climate change. Our shared goal with Energize Delaware is to empower religious institutions and their individual members to adopt creative, effective, and affordable energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy strategies.

To that end, religious institutions are offered a comprehensive energy audit, with 90% of the cost covered by the Sustainable Energy Utility. (The S.E.U. is a community based non-profit created by the state of Delaware). DeIPL coordinates the process, offering consultation on repair and upgrade strategies, and available financial incentives to the religious institution, as well as home energy and Earth Care resources to its members.

Faith Efficiencies Program Outline:

= DeIPL meets with the faith community team to review the Faith Efficiencies program, services, resources and costs, and secure a signed agreement.
= DeIPL works with the faith community to schedule an energy audit with a certified energy auditor/assessor.
= DeIPL works with faith community to identify or enlist an Earth Care/Stewardship team. This team will assist in data collection on historic utility usage (bills), facility use, and lay-out information to inform the energy audit and determine the cost. DeIPL will invoice the faith community for 10% of the cost of the audit(when applicable), to be paid upon receipt.
= DeIPL coordinates with the faith community to schedule a home energy presentation for members to share energy conservation tips, tools and financial resources.
= Energy audit is performed on-site in the company of faith community staff and/or available team members familiar with the facility.
= Auditor provides an electronic report, including suggested remediation priorities, projected costs, anticipated savings and return on investment. An additional copy of the report becomes the property of Energize Delaware.
= Audit report is reviewed together to ensure comprehension of recommendations and financial incentives.
= Faith Community agrees to track and share information on energy usage and completed repairs and upgrades for a minimum of one year.